Sep 15, 2019

Picturesque Country Bread with Ricotta, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil

Not just pretty to look at, but also satisfied to the palate. 

Country bread with Ricotta, cherry tomatoes, and basil -





Ingredients?


  • Some slices country bread
  • Some cherry tomatoes (colorful variety even better)
  • Some ricotta cheese
  • Some basil leaves
  • Some balsamic vinegar
  • Some salt
  • Some black pepper


How?


Spread some ricotta cheese onto the country bread slices. Top with halved cherry tomatoes.



Sprinkle some salt and black pepper. No need to drizzle over olive oil for this recipe. Into the oven using high heat, toast till the cherry tomatoes shrink a wee bit, but not burning or over-hardening the bread slices.


Once ready, remove from heat then drizzle over some balsamic vinegar. Garnish with basil leaves in between tomatoes.




Super easy to make and the result can't be more satisfying. Use balsamic reduction if available, just a few drops makes a big difference.




By the way, this recipe was kind of vague since all the ingredients used were noted as "some" instead of exact portion. No strict rules here, spread more ricotta if you'd like, add a little bit of this and a little bit of that. It's so simple, just trust your gut feelings, nothing major can go wrong with this recipe.




Wait, maybe one thing. Do not over-toast the bread slices in the oven especially we are using high heat here. Just warm enough so the edge of the bread gets crunchy. Also with the help of the heat, we can further condense the flavors for these juicy tomatoes.


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Sep 8, 2019

Protein Loaded Post-Workout Meal Using Avocado, Broccoli, Eggs, and Salmon

Intuitively putting all these ingredients together, but wait...avocado, broccoli, eggs, and salmon, aren't those ingredients all high in protein? Does that mean it can be a perfect post-workout meal?

Protein loaded post-workout meal using avocado, broccoli, eggs, and salmon -





Ingredients?


  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1 broccoli
  • 1 salmon fillet
  • 1 tablespoon bitter tea oil (olive oil works fine too)
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon mixed dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 lemon or lime wedges
  • Some salt
  • Some black pepper


How?

Boil the eggs first. Once cool down, remove the egg shells then cut into smaller chunks.

Cut the broccoli into smaller pieces. Bring a pot of water to a boil, season the water with salt. Quickly cook the broccoli in salt water, no more than 1 minute. Drain well and set aside for later use.




Cut the salmon fillet into thick strips or smaller chunks. Season with some salt and black pepper. 


Grate the ginger. Remove the avocado skin and cut into big cubes.


Prepare a non-stick pan. Drizzle some bitter tea oil over and turn to medium high heat. Add in grated ginger and transfer the salmon over. Sear till fully cooked and slightly browned on sides. Remove from heat. Use a kitchen towel to absorb excess oil if desired.


Mix together the broccoli, eggs, and salmon with 1/4 teaspoon of dried Italian herbs and 1/8 teaspoon of cumin. Also squeeze in juice of 1 lemon or lime wedge. Mix in avocado cubes last. Taste and see if need more salt.


Serve with extra lemon or lime wedge on the side. 




To make it a fuller meal, add in some chopped lettuce or even blend in some quinoa. Serve hot or cold, both works fine. 


On top of protein, avocado also contains healthy fats, broccoli has folate and potassium, and eggs can help with the meal portion since it can be a much more filling ingredient. Salmon, don't even get me started, just think about its omega-3 fatty acids. Putting them together, what a power boost we've got here.



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